First Steps to Take After a Maritime Accident
Maritime accidents are more common than you think. Each year, hundreds of people are injured or even killed in maritime accidents. No matter whether you work at sea or are a passenger on a commercial ship, the first steps you take after the accident will have a great effect on the outcome of your personal injury case.
The first and most important thing is to seek out medical attention for your injuries. Even if there are no obvious injuries, you may have internal injuries that need immediate medical attention. In some cases, it can take weeks for injuries to become apparent or the injury may not start having an effect until several months later. Seeking out medical attention immediately will help you later on when making your personal injury claim.
2. Investigate the Accident Scene
If you are not severely injured, you should take the time to investigate the accident scene. Take photos and gather the contact information of any witnesses. This includes bystanders, passengers, captains and anyone else who may have witnessed the accident. It’s also important to gather any insurance information you can.
3. Contact a Lawyer
Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. The company who owns the vessel or your employer will send a team of lawyers to investigate the accident and your injuries. Their goal is to prove that the company was not at fault for the accident. If anything, they want to prove that the accident was your fault. Insurance companies are only interested in paying out as little as possible. Waitz & Downer Attorneys at Law can help you today.
Remember, you are under no obligation to talk to their lawyers or answer their questions. You should answer any questions that law enforcement or natural resource officers may ask, but it is in your best interest to wait until you speak to a lawyer before answering the other party’s questions or signing any documents.
Other parties may try to get you to settle or release, which would most certainly leave you walking away either empty handed or with less than you deserve. Contacting a boating accident attorney soon after the accident will help ensure that your rights are protected.
It’s important to work with an attorney who has experience with maritime accidents. Their expertise and experience will improve your chances of success and also ensure that they know how to handle your case properly. Contact us today for more information!